Aboriginal Teacher Education Program


Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) offers both a community based program and an urban program. ATEP is a cohort model program – students apply to a set cohort and complete the program as a cohort.  The community-based program is an Elementary Degree program. Students in the community-based program are able to complete a University of Alberta Education degree in Elementary Education while staying in their community. ATEP currently partners with 4 community colleges in Alberta: Northern Lakes College, Portage College, University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills, and Maskwacis Cultural College.

The Urban Cohort program is a program that is based on the main University of Alberta campus. The Urban Cohort is a Secondary Education degree program – students are able to choose a major and minor that best suits their interests and curricular knowledge.

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Urban Cohort: Secondary Education

Whereas the community-based ATEP program (a link to the community-based elementary route) is an Elementary Education degree program, the ATEP Urban Cohort is a Secondary Education degree program.  Students in the ATEP Urban Cohort attend the main University of Alberta campus. Currently, ATEP has a cohort of students completing their secondary education degree with a major in Social Studies and varied minors. There is an option to pursue other secondary majors and minors based on individual interests and completed course work.  The Urban Cohort also differs from the community-based program as it is open for Aboriginal student applications only.

The ATEP Urban Cohort in Secondary Education is a pilot project – with pilot completion earmarked for 2021.

The Urban cohort is a unique program within the larger Faculty of Education. This program is delivered and rooted within a Cree Indigenous world view – students are recognized for their individuality and encouraged, nurtured, and supported to succeed.  In ATEP, students are supported holistically and are a part of a community that that mirrors family more that an institutional program.

Students of the Urban Secondary Cohort will benefit from:

  • being part of a cohort model in a culturally appropriate program and students will work along side with each other through out their whole program
  • being part of the Aboriginal student community on campus and with ATEP
  • a Cohort Student Coordinator that works with students in offering support tailored to the students needs
  • academic supports such as: access to a physical study/meeting space, tutoring, access to computers
  • personal supports such as: opportunities to meet with Elders, monthly cohort meetings, bi-monthly one-day personal/professional development sessions

Urban Cohort Check List:

  • Proof of Aboriginal Ancestry
  • Completed Application (contact 780- 492-2467 or atepuofa@ualberta.ca for instructions)
  • Application Fee: $75.00 for returning U of A students, $125.00 for new students (never attended the U of A)
  • All post-secondary transcripts and documents
  • Letter of Intent
  • ATEP Admission Interview (to be determined after document assessment)

Deadline: May 1, 2018

Community-Based Elementary Program

Years 3 & 4 of Elementary Route

We offer an off-campus community based collaborative cohort program. ATEP, working collectively with our collaborative colleges, is providing the final 60 credits of university course work required for a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education.

Please check out the Pre-Collaborative Program Requirements for more information.

After Degree Program

To be admissible to the After Degree program, applicants must present:

  1. An approved 3 or 4 year Baccalaureate Degree.
  2. An admission grade point average of at least 2.0.

Note: All students in the After Degree program must have 6 credits (usually two courses) in English Literature and Composition. Students who do not present this at the time of admission will be required to complete this coursework prior to being eligible to graduate from the program.

Please contact Undergraduate Student Services for more details.